March wasn’t a particularly memorable month for Atlético fans, as three successive draws saw us lose ground in our title defence and temporarily lose third place in La Liga to Valencia.
However, we did cement a place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a pulsating penalty shoot-out win against Bayer Leverkusen, and wrapped up the month with a 2-0 home win against Getafe to spur the recent good run of form.
Few players really stood out, although returning hero Fernando Torres played an integral part in those two triumphs, and proven that he is still capable of leading the line for a top team like Atleti.
After an impressive cameo away at Sevilla, he put in a good shift against Valencia a week late, before being sacrificed at half-time in the following match at Espanyol with Miranda having been sent off.
Three days later, he came on to great affect against Leverkusen, and swept home the decisive penalty in style to secure a 3-2 spot-kick win. Then, to round things off he opened the scoring with the first league goal of his second spell against Getafe before the International break.
Simply having Torres back at the club is enough to put a smile on to the face of any Atlético fan, but El Niño will have an important part to play in the crucial end of season run in given Mario Mandzukic’s ankle problems.
Koke also had a good month, having spent three weeks on the sidelines during February. His presence in the team no doubt has a huge impact, and he is now taking a more responsible role, including the captaincy on occasion.
Honourable mentions also for Arda and Mario Suárez, who were amongst the other more impressive performers.
Do you agree with our choice? Have you been impressed by Torres since his return?